Depression in Women Focus of UH Conference

Depression affects different people in different ways. For women, it can have a significant effect due to a host of physiological and emotional factors.

From March 6 - 7, a collection of leading researchers in depression and mood disorders will share their findings on the topic during the conference "The Etiology, Assessment and Treatment of Depression in Women and Girls" in room 100 of the University of Houston's Science and Engineering Classroom Building.

"The prevalence rate of depression is two to three times higher among women than men," said Jeremy Pettit, UH associate professor of psychology and director of the university's Mood Disorder and Suicide Research Program. "This conference will bring together those who have made substantial contributions to understanding depression in women. It will review what is known about depression in women across the lifespan and will present groundbreaking findings that will advance the field."

Topics include maternal depression, suicide and assessing and treating depression in women. The conference also will serve as a celebration of noted depression researcher Lynn Rehm, UH professor of psychology and founder of the university's Depression Research Clinic. Rehm is retiring at the end of the spring semester. Roundtable discussions will focus on Rehm's landmark contributions to depression research and will feature insights from his colleagues and former and current students regarding his mentoring and his roles in professional psychology organizational activities.

Among the conference's presenters are Nadine Kaslow, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine; Thomas Joiner, distinguished research professor and Bright-Burton professor of psychology at Florida State University; and Michael O'Hara, professor of psychology and Starch Faculty Fellow at the University of Iowa.

The conference is sponsored by the Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association, UH department of psychology, UH College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. It is free and open to the public, and attendees can receive continuing education units for a fee of $25. For more details, contact Pettit at

WHAT: Conference: “The Etiology, Assessment and Treatment of Depression in Women and Girls”
WHERE: University of Houston
Room 100 – Science and Engineering Classroom Building
Houston, TX 77204
WHO: University of Houston